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Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998), was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, proucer and editor. He directed a number of highly regarded films such as Shanshiro Sugata, Drunken Angel, Rashomon, The Idiot, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Yojimbo, Dodesukaden, and Dersu Uzala. After the mid-1960s, he became much less prolific, but his later work, including his final two epics, Kagemusha and Ran, continued to win awards, including the Palme d'Or for Kagemusha, though more often abroad than in Japan.

No matter how much work the director, the assistant director, the cameraman or the lightning technicians put into a film, the audience never knows. What is necessary is to show them something that is complete and has no excess...The art of the cinema has been called an art of time, but time used to no purpose cannot be called anything but wasted time. - Akira Kurosawa

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Akira KUROSAWA - Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor (1910~1998)

Painting by Akira Kurosawa for Dreams.

Elliott Erwitt Akira Kurosawa, on the Set of “Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams,” Tokyo 1989 "A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet." Akira Kurosawa

Painting by Akira Kurosawa for Dreams.

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The past, present, and future. The thoughts and images of one man...for all men. One man's dreams...for every dreamer. (Akira Kurosawa's Dreams.)